11 Best Places to See Hydrangeas (Ajisai) in Kanto Region


2021.06.04

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

During the rainy season, ajisai (hydrangeas) bloom magnificently in colors ranging from classic blue to pink to white. These colorful seasonal flowers add color to the gloomy weather in the midst of drizzling rain. Here are 11 best places to see such hydrangeas in Tokyo and its 3 neighbouring prefectures.

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    Meigetsu-in Temple (Kamakura, Kanagawa)

    Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the most famous places for hydrangeas in Japan. Among them, Meigetsuin Temple is famous as a "hydrangea temple".

    The 2,500 hydrangea plants that fill the precincts of the temple are nicknamed "Meigetsuin Blue". The hydrangeas that bloom on both sides of the stone steps are mainly of the ancient Japanese "Hime Hydrangea" variety, which is characterized by its gentle blue color.

    Access: 10 minute walk from Kita Kamakura Station

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    Meigetsu-in Temple
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 189
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    0467243437
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    9:00-16:00[June.]8:30-17:00
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    【参考HP】https://trip-kamakura.com/place/230.html
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    Hase-dera Temple (Kamakura, Kanagawa)

    Hasedera Temple in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a place with a spectacular view of hydrangeas with Yuigahama Beach in the background.
    The path is filled with colorful hydrangeas on both sides and you can see rare varieties of hydrangeas, mainly Chinese hydrangeas and mountain hydrangeas. There are more than 40 varieties and about 2,500 hydrangeas in full bloom.

    Access: 5 minute walk from Hase Station on Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway)

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    Hasedera Temple
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Hase 3-11-2
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    0467226300
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    8:00-17:00[Oct.-Feb.]8:00-16…
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    【公式HP】https://www.hasedera.jp/2021/04/10081/
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  • 03

    Sagamihara Kita Park (Sagamihara City, Kanagawa)

    Sagamihara Kita Park, located in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is famous for its white hydrangeas. There are about 200 kinds of hydrangeas and 10,000 planted in the park. From the beginning of June, the mountain hydrangea, Chinese hydrangea, and Western hydrangea bloom in order, and by the end of the month, the pure white Annabelle variety is at its best. As if covered in "snow", the park turning white in the midst of summer is a fantasical moment to witness.

    Access:
    Take a bus from Hashimoto Station South Exit
    From Bus stop No.1
    Get on the (Hashi 57) bound for Tana Bus Terminal (via Enokido) and get off at Kaminakanohara-Danchi stop. From there, its about 5 minutes walk.
    Alternatively, take the (Hashi 57) bound for Mochi Campground Entrance (via Enodo) and get off at Kaminakanohara-danchi bus stop. From there, it is 5 minutes walk.

    From Bus Stop No. 2
    Get on the (Bridge 36) bound for Kami-Oshima (via Rokujizo and Kuzawa Jichi Kaikan-mae) and get off at Kaminakanohara-danchi. From there, it is 5 minutes walk.
    Alternatively, take the (Hashi 34) bound for Kamimizo (via Sakunokuchi and Rokujizo) and get off at Kaminakanohara-danchi. From there, it is about 5 minutes walk.

    Sagamihara Kita Park
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    Kanagawa Sagamihara-shi Midori-ku Shimokuzawa 2368-1
    phone
    0427795885
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    【公式HP】https://www.city.sagamihara.kanagawa.jp/shisetsu/kouen_kankou/kouen_ryokuchi/1003071.html
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  • 04

    Ueno Park (Ueno,Tokyo)

    While Ueno Park is famous for zoos, museums and cherry blossoms, it is also known for its hydrangeas on the west side of Shinobazu Pond. At the same time, the pond is also home to a large lotus plant, which is a great way to enjoy the lush green leaves of the summer plants.

    Access:

    2-minute walk from Ueno Station on JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Takasaki Line, JR Utsunomiya Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

    1-minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station on Keisei Main Line

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    Ueno-onshi-koen Park
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen - Ikenohata 3
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    0338285644
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    5:00-23:00(Entry prohibited …
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    【公式HP】https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/jimusho/toubuk/ueno/index_top.html
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  • 05

    Hakusan Shrine (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

    Known to those in the know, Hakusan Shrine, located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, is a great place to quietly view the 3,000 hydrangeas in full bloom from the shrine grounds to Hakusan Park.
    The "Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival" is usually held around mid-June, with various events taking place mainly on weekends. During the festival, the Fuji-Zuka (mound)is also opened to the public so that visitors can enjoy looking up at the hydrangeas.

    Access:
    3 minutes walk from Hakusan Station on the Toei Subway Mita Line
    5 minutes walk from Honkomagome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

    Hakusan Shrine
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    3.5

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    Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Hakusan 5-chome 31-26
    phone
    0338116568
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    【公式HP】https://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/ajisai.html
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    Fuchu Municipal Museum Kyodonomori (Fuchu City, Tokyo)

    Fuchu Municipal Museum Kyodonomori in Fuchu City, Tokyo, is a large park that includes the museum, and the vast grounds are lined with old farmhouses, townhouses, and historical buildings associated with Fuchu. There are about 30 kinds and 10,000 planted in the area. Among all, the "Hydrangea Path" around the water mill lodge and on the south side of the lawn is the best place to view the hydrangeas.

    Access:
    20 minutes walk from Fuchu Honmachi or Bube Kawara Station on JR Musashino Line and JR Nambu Line

    Only on weekends and holidays, there is a bus from Fuchu Station bound for Fuchu Municipal Museum Kyodonomori.

    Fuchu City Kyodo-no-Mori Museum
    place
    Tokyo Fuchushi Minamichou 6-32
    phone
    0423687921
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00(Latest entry16:00…
    info
    【公式HP】http://www.fuchu-cpf.or.jp/museum/index.html
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  • 07

    Minamisawa Hydrangea (Ajisai) Mountain (Akiruno City, Tokyo)

    Minamisawa Ajisai (Hydrangea) Mountain is a mountain located in Akiruno City, renowned for its bigleaf hydrangeas. Unlike its name, "Mountain", this place is actually not a mountain, but more like a forest where over 10,000 hydrangeas have been planted on the hillside in the valley, by a local man, Chuichi Minamisawa, who has been planting them for half a century.

    Access:
    30 to 40 minutes walk from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on JR Itsukaichi Line

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    Minamisawa Hydrangea (Ajisai) Mountain
    Minamisawa Ajisai Mountain
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    Tokyo Akirunoshi Fukasawa 368
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    8:00-18:00* 6/10-7/23 hydran…
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  • 08

    Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi (Gongendo Prefectural Park) (Satte City, Saitama)

    Located in Satte City, Saitama Prefecture, Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi is a famous flower spot in the Management Gongendo Park. It's a beautiful place for field mustard and cherry blossoms in the spring and higanbana (red spider lily) in the fall, but the hydrangeas in the rainy season are second to none.
    The 16,000 hydrangeas of about 100 varieties are on a scale unmatched anywhere else in the Kanto region. The colorful hydrangeas that fill the slopes along the road are a sight to behold. The white flowers of the Annabelle variety are especially popular.

    Access:
    From Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko Line, take the Asahi Bus bound for "Goka-machi Yakuba (Town Hall)" and get off at "Gongendo".

    Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi (Gongendo Prefectural Park)
    place
    Saitama Pref. Satteshi Uchigouma 887-3
    phone
    0480440873
    opening-hour
    Free walk
    info
    【公式HP】http://www.satte-k.com/event/ajisai/index.html
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  • 09

    Minoyama Park (Chichibu, Saitama)

    Minoyama Park is a prefectural nature park located at the summit of Mount Mino, a 581.5-meter-high mountain that straddles Chichibu City and Minano Town in Saitama Prefecture. 41 hectares of the park is filled with about 4,500 hydrangeas, decorating the entire slope of the mountain in blues. If lucky, visitors can even get shots of hydrangeas with the sea of clouds, so don't forget your camera.

    Access:
    About 20 minutes by car or cab from Minano Station on the Chichibu Railway.

    Minoyama Park
    place
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kuroya 2372
    phone
    0494231511
    opening-hour
    Open 24 hours[Information Ce…
    info
    【公式HP】https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/b0504/minoyamakouen-top/
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  • 10

    Hondoji Temple (Matsudo City, Chiba)

    Hondoji Temple, located in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, is one of Chiba's most famous places, known as "Hydrangea Temple. The temple grounds are home to 10,000 hydrangeas of about 40 varieties, and the collaboration of the five-story pagoda, temple gate, and corridor is very popular. At the same time of the year, Iris ensata is also in full bloom, making the waterfront look as vivid as if it were covered in paint.

    Access:
    15 minutes walk from Kitakogane Station on the Joban Line.

    Hondo-ji Temple
    place
    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Hiraga 63
    phone
    0473462121
    opening-hour
    [Gates open Hours] 5:00-17:0…
    info
    【公式HP】http://www.hondoji.net/
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  • 11

    Hattori Farm Hydrangea Mansion (Mobara City, Chiba)

    Known as Hattori Farm Hydrangea Mansion, this is a unique hydrangea garden not like anything else. The owner of the garden has been steadily planting hydrangeas on his own, and now more than 10,000 hydrangeas of about 250 varieties are in full bloom.
    With a total area of 27,000 square meters, the site is shaped like a mortar and you can see the hydrangeas from anywhere in the park.

    Access:
    10 minutes by taxi from Mobara Station on the JR Sotobo Line.

    Hattori Farm Hydrangea Mansion
    place
    Chiba Pref. Mobarashi Sangaya 719
    phone
    0475248511
    opening-hour
    [6/1-Early July. (Hydrangea …
    info
    【公式HP】http://ajisaiyashiki.la.coocan.jp/
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